I am involved in a variety of contact sports and I am wondering what is the likelihood that a calf implant will burst from a heavy impact, or if pressure is applied to it for a long period of time (such as in a jiu-jitsu match)?
How Much Pressure Will Burst a Calf Implant?
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Pressure to burst calf implants
Extreme pressure however can move them out of position.
A rule of thumb: if it is very painful, you need to stop.
North American Calf Implants do NOT burst!
In North America, calf implants are made of solid, yet soft, silicone implant (unlike other parts of the world where they use gel, similar to breast implants). Therefore, they cannot burst. In theory, they could break - or fracture - with an incredible blow to them, yet I have never seen it. They are made to undergo physical stress of day-to-day sporting activities. I use various shapes of soft-solid (ie non-gel) silicone implants and each model comes in various sizes. I choose the implants based on the patient's anatomy and his desired 'look': The implants are placed under the FASCIA of the original calf muscle (usually the inner part of that muscle). The procedure is performed in a fully-accredited surgi-center, with board-certified anesthesiologists, under general anesthesia. Cost is 9000$ + taxes, and it includes everything from the surgical fees, the facility, the implants, nurses and anesthesiologists. I learned the technique from the pioneer of calf implant, who is a Canadian. I have performed calf implantation for 6 years, approximately 1-2 per month. Hope this helps! Dr. Marc DuPere, Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Toronto, Canada 416.929.9800 visageclinic.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Stability of calf implants
It is very unlikely to break a calf implant, since they are made of a solid elastomer of silicone. There is no fluid or liquid within a calf implant. I would believe that you would be very safe even for an athlete who gets hit in the leg, or strikes with the leg, in your sport
Good luck to you.
Frank Rieger M.D. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Tampa
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CALF AUGMENTATION WITH SILICONE IMPLANTS WILL NOT READILY RUPTURE
The solid silicone calf implant should withstand heavy impacts, and prolonged applied pressure. It will not readily rupture.
Should you receive a sufficient amount of traumatic energy to rupture the implant, you will most likely have other extensive injuries to the lower leg as well. Once implanted and healed you will have no restrictions to any physical activity.
Durable calf implants
Calf implants are made of solid silicone (as opposed to breast implants which have a thin shell with a gel inside. The force required to break one would be so great that it would damage the muscles and bone also. You should be OK with contact sports.
Calf implants are more durable than human tissue!
As noted by all of my colleagues, calf implants are solid silicone, and cannot rupture or leak. The newest type of silicone gel breast implants are cohesive (soft solid) and cannot leak or rupture, and the implants used in calf augmentation, pec enlargement, etc. are even more firm and "rubbery" than these soft breast implants. Any blow or pressure that your body can withstand will not damage your calf implants, but could, of course, damage your tissues, causing muscle rupture, bleeding, or in rare cases of extreme force, displace your implant by rupturing the scar that holds the implant(s) in their proper position. Proper position of the implants (2 per side, one for each head of the gastrocnemius muscle they are augmenting) below the fascia holds them in place when healed. Too much activity (or too strenuous) too soon can cause problems. Follow your advised restrictions, especially elastic leg support while healing to avoid fluid accumulation.
Calf Implants are very durable
Calf implants are made of a solid silicone material, and therefore they can not "burst". This is different from breast implants, which are silicone shells filled with either salt water or silicone gel. You need not worry about the durability of calf implants. They will last a lifetime.
Calf implants do not rupture.
Unlike silicone gel breast implants, calf implants are solid pieces of silicone polymer or plastic. For this reason they cannot burst like a silicone gel breast implant. Calf implants are placed under the fascia and over the muscle of the gastrocnemius. In this position, they should not interfere with normal activity.
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